Norris no longer spotting for MWR after scandal

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 30, 2014 at 11:28 am •  Published: January 30, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ty Norris' days of working as a spotter for Michael Waltrip Racing are over.

Norris said Thursday he will no longer be spotting on the stand for MWR following a scandal last season that rocked NASCAR and led to his suspension.

Norris was recently reinstated by NASCAR after serving a four-month suspension for his role in attempting to manipulate the outcome of last September's race at Richmond to get Martin Truex Jr. into the 12-driver Chase for the Sprint Cup championship field.

Norris said his new title with MWR will be executive vice president of business, and his role at the race track will be pretty much remain the same — recruiting drivers and dealing with sponsors on the business side. He just won't have any communication with the drivers on strategy during the race.

"It's not upsetting at all," Norris said. "I thought I was retired from it already."

Norris was caught on the radio Sept. 7, 2013, instructing MWR driver Brian Vickers to pit at Richmond to help his teammate Truex make the Chase.

After an investigation, NASCAR bounced Truex out of the Chase in favor of Ryan Newman. MWR was fined $300,000 for manipulating the outcome of the race, and all three crew chiefs for the organization were placed on probation for the rest of the season. MWR also lost a major sponsorship deal with NAPA.

NASCAR later expanded the Chase field to 13 drivers to include Jeff Gordon and issued new rules banning digital radios and more than one team member per car on the spotter stand.

When asked if NASCAR was trying to send a message, Norris said: "I think that's pretty clear."